Microburst of wind

Microburst of wind

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Caption: Microburst of wind. Microbursts are small, concentrated downbursts of wind that travel vertically downwards from the base of storms. They are produced when air suddenly becomes colder due to the cooling effect of evaporation in a thunder or rain cloud. This causes the air column to move rapidly downwards. Microbursts affect areas less than 5 kilometres across, whereas similar winds affecting a larger area are called macrobursts. Photographed in the Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado, USA.

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